Friends General Conference

Nurturing faith and Quaker practice

Worship

In the swirl of the FGC Gathering, how do we set aside time to be open to the inward source of power and truth? The week will open Sunday and close Saturday with worship together. There will be times to celebrate, mourn, sing, center and pray.

We have worship in our workshops and opportunities for worship under the care of: Quaker Earthcare Witness; Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns (FLGBTQC); People of Color; and Intergenerational Worship with Junior Gathering.

Use the Silent Place for personal reflection or to engage in artwork, journal, read, meditate or pray.

A list of all of the organized worship activities will be at on-site Check-In. We welcome everyone, including children, at any worship opportunity.

May these many opportunities for worship at the Gathering enrich your life, refresh your spirit, and nurture you so that you may be transformed as you return to your daily life.

Bible Half-Hour with Dwight Wilson

Dwight L. Wilson will guide the Bible Half Hour (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM) in accord with our theme, The Power of Truth.  Our text will be The Book of James. What does it mean to listen? How do we live in the world without being tainted by it? How do we listen for a warning call that we might have strayed? Each morning Dwight will lead us in making connections to personal stories, and opening ourselves to unexpected promptings.

Dwight is a father, a husband, an educator and a member of Ann Arbor Friends Meeting. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Bowdoin College and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary.

In his decades-long career as an educator, Dwight has served two terms as general secretary of Friends General Conference, as Chaplain at Oberlin College, Dean and program Director in various positions at Marshall University, Dean at Morristown Friends School and Oakwood Friends School, Headmaster of Friends School in Detroit, President of the Independent Teaching Project, and Founding Executive Director of New Jersey SEEDS. 

Over the years he has served in many leadership, advisory and trustee roles in organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee, Haverford College Corporation, Wilmington College; Open Arms Advisory Council (assisting grieving children); Afri-Male Institute of South Jersey; Earlham School of Religion; and Pendle Hill.  He is currently active as a Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and as the Chair of the HRC Subcommittee on Police Oversight (Ann Arbor); Co-Leader of the PCORI Prostate Study with Wayne State University Medical School; volunteer with Meals on Wheels; and volunteer with the Mott’s Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Ward.

Dwight has preached and lectured widely on the Bible, education, racism, and Quakerism. He is a jazz aficionado, a poet, and the author of multiple volumes in an historical fiction series titled Esi Was My Mother. He has also penned a book of short stories, several books on haiku, and (forthcoming from Friends United Press) Modern Psalms in Search of Peace and Justice.

A sampling of his haiku:

a half moon shining--
realizing the loss of face
is temporary

autumn horizon--
all the layers before us
windswept and silent

Sunday morning--
a storefront church is rocking
lines of icicles